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 Monday, April 6, 2020
Just posted: Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens Review.
 
Find out what I think of this general-purpose lens ideally-sized for Sony's full frame mirrorless cameras.
 
The Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Also check out the used Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens at B&H.
 
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Post Date: 4/6/2020 8:10:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
Awesome lens. Create some comparisons.
 
The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Save up to over $2,000: check out the used EF 500mm lenses in stock at B&H.
 
Rent the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 4/1/2020 8:09:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Just posted: Oben ASPTA-20 Smartphone Tripod Adapter Review.
 
This is a really handy accessory and a great value.
 
The Oben ASPTA-20 Smartphone Tripod Adapter is in stock at B&H
 
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Post Date: 3/31/2020 10:34:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 30, 2020
Just posted: Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens Review.
 
How does Sony's inexpensive general-purpose zoom lens perform?
 
The Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
For a much lower price, buy a used model at B&H.
 
Rent the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 3/30/2020 7:35:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 26, 2020
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens Review.
 
Find out what I think of this super-zoom lens.
 
The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 3/26/2020 8:46:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
Awesome lens. Create some comparisons.
 
The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Save up to over $2,000: check out the used EF 500mm lenses in stock at B&H.
 
Rent the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 3/25/2020 10:31:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 23, 2020
Just posted: Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Review.
 
You are going to want this lens.
 
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is in stock or available for preorder at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 3/23/2020 7:46:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 20, 2020
Just posted: Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag Review.
 
This is a quick review of an excellent tripod accessory.
 
Available in a range of sizes, the Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag is in stock at B&H.
 
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Post Date: 3/20/2020 7:56:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens page.
 
You are going to like these results. The full review for this lens should be available soon.
 
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is in stock (or available for order) at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 3/18/2020 7:49:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Really Right Stuff TQC-14/TFC-14 Mk2 Tripod Review.
 
This tripod is very impressive, outperforming many significantly larger, heavier models.
 
The Really Right Stuff TQC-14/TFC-14 Mk2 Tripod is in stock at B&H
 
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Post Date: 3/18/2020 7:45:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 12, 2020
Just posted: Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens Review.
 
A great value like its siblings.
 
The Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 3/12/2020 7:43:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Just posted: Canon EOS M200 Review.
 
The M200 is a lot of camera for its size, weight, and price.
 
The Canon EOS M200 is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA (check out the "Renewed" option) | WEX
 
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Post Date: 3/11/2020 7:44:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens page.
 
I'll get you started with comparisons:
 
Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens compared to the Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens
 
The Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 3/10/2020 8:06:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 9, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens page.
 
Here is a starter comparison:
 
Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens compared to the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
 
The Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens is in stock at B&H ($189.95 used)| Adorama ($309.00 open box) | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 3/9/2020 8:05:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 6, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens page.
 
Note that this lens has very strong geometric distortion that is corrected in-camera. The test images are not corrected for distortion but the required in-camera correction means the chart was framed slightly smaller than correct in the final image.
 
As always, there are many comparisons available but this was the one I most wanted to see:
 
The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens compared to the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens
 
Note that the Canon lens requires distortion correction in-camera and in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) during processing.
 
The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 3/6/2020 8:14:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 5, 2020
Just posted: Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review.
 
This is an awesome camera (mostly).
 
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 3/5/2020 8:02:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Resolution test results have now been added to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review page.
 
Here is the 1D X III vs. II comparison. The two cameras have similar resolution and appear similarly sharp, but the III is delivering cleaner results (see the fine converging horizontal lines in the top crop).
 
Get in line: the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Don't want to wait? Rent the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 2/26/2020 7:58:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 24, 2020
Noise test results (225 images) have been added to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review page.
 
Use the under- and over-exposed result sets for a look at the dynamic range. I'll add commentary to the results soon.
 
Here is the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III compared to the 1D X Mark II.
 
I've been spending a lot of time with this awesome camera — the shutter count is hovering around 6,000 mostly in-the-field shutter actuations and I have lots to share in the near future.
 
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 2/24/2020 8:49:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 18, 2020
With a Canon EOS-1D X Mark III in hand, it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 46 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box 1D X III ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged Canon LP-E19 (or LP-E4N) battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup and the neck strap.
  3. Pause for a moment to grip the camera, taking in the 1-series camera awesomeness (right up there with new car smell) and the new-camera grippyness.
  4. Download the Canon EOS Solution Disk software (download) and install it on your computer. Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility and Lens Registration Utility are the options I install.
  5. Attach the eyecup
  6. Attach the neck strap (unless I am planning to use very large lenses)
  7. Record the camera's serial number and ensure that proper insurance coverage is in place.
  8. Important: Turn the vertical grip on (switch near top of vertical grip — why is this off by default?).
  9. Insert the battery (ideally, after charging completes).
  10. Power the camera on.
  11. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  12. Insert one (or two) memory card(s) (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  13. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows — I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses — all adjustments can be applied in DPP)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Img type/size: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "—"
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: L(50)-H3(819200) (the defaults may be a better choice for most)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off or Low (noise reduction is destructive to images details — I prefer to add NR sparingly in post. Having a noise reduction option enabled will provide a good base starting point for noise reduction settings for post processing in DPP.)
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Image review: 4 sec.
  22. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Release without card: Disable (I highly recommend this setting change — it should be Canon's default)
  23. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
  24. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 2nd image priority: Focus +2 (same reason)
  25. AF Menu, Tab 4: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
  26. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Playback information display: Enable 1 and 3
  27. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (enable the "blinkies", flash portions of image that are overexposed during image review)
  28. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Playback grid: 3x3
  29. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked details)
  30. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnification (apx): 10x
  31. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the always-largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  32. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Viewfinder display: Viewfinder level: Show, VF grid display: Enable
  33. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Info button display options: Electronic level only
  34. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable
  35. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  36. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Copyright information: Enter author's name: [enter name]
  37. Custom Functions, Tab 1: Bracket auto cancel: OFF
  38. Custom Functions, Tab 1: Bracketing sequence: -0+ (captures shortest frames first and sequences images from dark to bright)
  39. Custom Functions, Tab 3: Restrict shooting modes: Enable all (adds C2 and C3)
  40. Custom Functions, Tab 4: Restrict drive modes: Disable: low speed continuous, Silent HS continuous, Silent LS continuous
  41. Custom Functions, Tab 5: Rec card, img size setting: Off (I don't use this button. being able to turn it off prevents inadvertent changes)
  42. Custom Functions, Tab 6: Av setting without lens: On (allows me to prepare the camera for a specific, not-yet-mounted lens)
  43. Custom Functions, Tab 6: Custom Controls: Smart controller: Direct AF point selection, Set: Mag/Reduce; Multicontrollers: Direct AF point selection; M-Fn2: One Shot/AI Servo
  44. Custom Functions, Tab 7: Smart controller: On
  45. Custom Functions, Tab 8: Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  46. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Format card, Mirror lockup, Anti-flicker shoot, Sensor cleaning
  47. Mount a lens, focus on a subject, and adjust the diopter (remove the eyecup)
I of course make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot — including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera is reset-to-factory state for some reason, such as when being serviced, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. If you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to quickly set it up.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
 
Get your Canon EOS-1D X Mark III from B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 2/18/2020 8:42:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
With the Rebel T8i data loaded into our specifications table, the Canon EOS Rebel T8i / 850D can easily be compared to the Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D.
 
At first glance, I found the changes in the Rebel T8i uninspiring but, after digging in, discovered the overall improvements in the new flaghip Rebel model to make a solid upgrade.
 
Here are the differences:

  • Has 4K video with clean 4K HDMI output
  • 7 fps continuous shooting (7.5 fs in Live View) vs. 6 fps
  • Has eye detection AF in Live View
  • DIGIC 8 vs. DIGIC 7
  • Has CRAW vs. M-RAW, S-RAW
  • AF working range of EV -4—18 EV vs. EV -3—18
  • 220,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor vs. 7560-pixel RGB+IR, 216 segments (18 × 12) vs. 63 (9 × 7)
  • Spot metering uses approx. 2.0 % of viewfinder vs. 3.5%
  • Built-in flash GN of 12 vs. 13.1 recycling in approx. 5 sec. vs. 3
  • Has a "Smooth Skin" and "Group Photo" shooting modes
  • Many mode dial options moved the Special Scene (SCN) mode
  • Has an M-series-like rear dial vs. control (arrow) keys
  • Has an AF-ON button, loses the WiFi and Av buttons
  • The flash release button has returned and NFC is gone
  • Supports vertical video
  • Battery life of approx 800 vs. 600 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
  • Battery Indicator — 5 levels vs. 4 levels
  • CIPA weight of 18.2 vs. 18.8 oz (515 vs. 532g)

Check out the visual comparison between these two cameras.

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Post Date: 2/18/2020 9:48:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 17, 2020
Just posted: Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens Review.
 
Especially the optical quality of this lens is outstanding.
 
Save the tax, use the B&H Payboo payment card (I use it exclusively at B&H)
 
Get in line ASAP: The Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 2/17/2020 7:33:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Tokina 50mm f/1.4 FF Opera Lens page.
 
Create some comparisons!
 
The Tokina 50mm f/1.4 FF Opera Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
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Post Date: 2/12/2020 8:34:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 11, 2020
 Monday, February 10, 2020
Just posted: Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens Review.
 
This lens is very similar to but not the same as the Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens with strong barrel distortion being the most obvious difference aside from the focal length.
 
The Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 2/10/2020 7:57:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, February 8, 2020
With a Canon EOS M200 in hand, it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 29 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box M200 ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger and plug it in.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. This is a good time to install the neck strap.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Insert the battery (after charging completes) and power the camera on.
  5. The date, time and time zone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the Rear Control dial and Set button to update this information.
  6. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  7. If the lens being used retracts beyond a usable focal length (the EF-M 15-45 for example), unlock and extend the lens.
  8. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options). Use the middle switch setting (Creative Assist by default) and scroll up to the advanced modes.
  9. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control arrow (press left or right) to set JPEG to "-"
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: Off (without a review display being shown and cleared, the viewfinder becomes ready-for-shooting faster)
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: disable all (I correct lens aberrations during post processing if warranted, though enabling CA correction is usually a good idea and if shooting in JPG mode, consider enabling other options as well.)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off (again, those shooting in JPG mode might want to explore the results of this option)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 1 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture. If shooting in JPG mode, selecting "Standard" is probably a better option.)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (Noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post. Select "Low" if shooting in JPG format).
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Touch Shutter: Disable
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Continuous AF: Disable (increases battery life)
  18. Playback Menu, Tab 4: AF point disp.: Disable
  19. Playback Menu, Tab 4: View from last seen: Disable
  20. Wireless Menu, Tab 1: Airplane mode: On (unless using the wireless features)
  21. Set Up Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On, computer only (if I'm shooting vertically, I want the image to also display vertically on the camera, optimally using the full screen)
  22. Set Up Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable (no one else wants to hear your camera)
  23. Set Up Menu, Tab 4: Shooting information display: Grid display: 3x3, Histogram: RGB
  24. Set Up Menu, Tab 5: Custom Functions(C.Fn): ISO expansion: On
  25. Set Up Menu, Tab 5: Custom Functions(C.Fn): Shutter release w/o lens (Disable)
  26. Set Up Menu, Tab 5: Copyright information: Enter author's name
  27. Display Level Menu, Tab 1: Menu display: Standard
  28. Display Level Menu, Tab 1: Feature guide: Disable (beginners will want this feature enabled)
  29. My Menu: Set up
I of course make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera is reset-to-factory state for some reason, such as when being serviced, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. If you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to quickly set it up.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS M200
 
The Canon EOS M200 is in stock at B&H.
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Post Date: 2/8/2020 9:53:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 6, 2020
Just posted: Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens Review.
 
Learn how this lens differs from the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens.
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 2/6/2020 9:48:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens page.
 
I'll get you started on the comparisons:
 
Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens compared to the Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens
 
The economically-priced Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 2/5/2020 8:35:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 3, 2020
I'm currently working on the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens review and an important attribute of this lens to evaluate is the amount of light transmission being lost at the widest apertures due to the Defocused Smoothing feature.
 
In the example shared in this post, the exposures were determined by an EOS R in Av mode and all appear similar in brightness.
 
Looking at the shutter speed changes relative to the aperture starting with the bottom right image captured at f/5.6, we see the camera selecting a one-full-stop faster shutter speed at f/2.8 than f/4, indicating that the DS technology is no longer having an impact (though in some testing scenarios, only a 2/3-stop-faster shutter speed was selected for f/4, showing a 1/3-stop impact remaining).
 
In a normal lens, f/2 should have required a 1/1600 shutter speed with this example illustrating a 1/3-stop loss in light transmission. At f/1.4, the shutter speed should have been 1/3200, indicating that 1-full-stop of light transmission has been lost.
 
The f/1.2 aperture is about 1/2-stop wider than f/1.4 and the exposure was given the same shutter speed as at f/1.4, showing a total of about 1.5-stops of reduced light transmission, the amount Canon indicated we should expect.
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Post Date: 2/3/2020 9:46:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, February 1, 2020
All of your cases and backpacks are labeled with your name and contact information, right? If not, correct that problem ASAP.
 
Shacke's Mini Luggage Tags at Amazon have become my choice. They are available in 4 colors (including black) and $9.99 gets you four durable/bendable rubber tags.
 
If you are not sure that you need to label your cases, here is a story I shared nearly 7 years ago:
 
The title was something like "Why My Rebel T4i is in British Columbia — and How I Know That".
 
Upon arriving at our rental house in Maui, Hawaii, after being up/traveling for nearly 24 hours, my daughter asked me if I had her camera — a relatively new at the time Canon EOS Rebel T4i. With a sinking feeling, I replied that I did not.
 
My mind immediately began plotting a course of action to take but sleep had to come first. We had been in four airports and on three planes that day. Locating the camera seemed a daunting challenge — if not an impossibility.
 
I woke up the next morning to a voice mail from Janet at the United ticket counter in the Vancouver International Airport. The camera had been left on a plane and went at least one stop beyond our time on that particular aircraft. Janet knew how to reach me because: my contact information was on the camera case, despite the case being a very small one.
 
If you were to lose your camera and the case you are carrying it in, would someone know how to get in touch with you? This does not apply only to airline travel — a camera can be lost at a restaurant, hotel, wedding, park ... or anywhere. Labeling counts on the finder to have the integrity to track down the owner and return the lost item, but the odds are good that will happen and my story eventually had a happy ending.
 
Another option to consider is entering your contact information into the camera's copywrite information. Not all finders may know enough to look for this information, but at least the information is there for discovery — perhaps when someone is reviewing images captured by the camera.
 
 
Following is a relevant (and entertaining) infographic Mike shared with us at that time:
 
Post Date: 2/1/2020 11:42:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 30, 2020
Just posted: Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens Review.
 
Tamron is on a roll with their Di III lenses.
 
The Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/30/2020 7:47:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Just posted: Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens Review.
 
Ultra-light and ultra-tiny has big value.
 
The Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
B&H has this lens available in used condition for an up to $214.00 savings.
 
Rent the Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/29/2020 7:56:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Just posted: Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens Review.
 
This is a very nice little lens.
 
The Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/28/2020 8:21:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 27, 2020
Just posted: Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens Review.
 
Find out how this ultra-wide aperture Sony lens stacks up!
 
The Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
B&H also has multiple copies of this lens available in used condition.
 
Rent the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share this review!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/27/2020 7:42:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 23, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens page.
 
We were told that this lens could be slightly sharper than the excellent Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens and it is that.
 
Check out the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens vs. Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens comparison to see that impressive performance.
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA (1 in stock!) | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2020 8:10:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Just posted: Really Right Stuff MC-34 Monopod Review.
 
The leg locks are awesome and contribute heavily to making this the best monopod I've used.
 
The Really Right Stuff MC-34 Monopod is available for order (in stock soon) at B&H.
 
Please share!
Post Date: 1/21/2020 7:58:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 20, 2020
Just posted: MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Review.
 
This is a great little backpack for a mirrorless or a small DSLR kit.
 
The MindShift Gear BackLight 18L is in stock at B&H | Think Tank Photo / MindShit Gear | Adorama | Amazon USA
 
Please share!
Post Date: 1/20/2020 7:41:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 16, 2020
Just posted: Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens Review.
 
This lens is a great addition to Sony's lineup.
 
The Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/16/2020 8:42:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 14, 2020
 Monday, January 13, 2020
Just posted: Sony a7R IV Review.
 
It's an awesome little camera.
 
The Sony a7R IV is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony a7R IV from Lensrentals.
 
Please share this review!
Post Date: 1/13/2020 7:28:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Canon has made white papers available for the new EOS-1D X Mark III:
 
EOS-1D X Mark III – Still Imaging
 
EOS-1D X Mark III – Video Recording
 
EOS-1D X Mark III – Networking: Coming Soon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/7/2020 8:14:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 6, 2020
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review page is filled with details about this awesome new camera.
 
Please share this page with your friends!
 
Get in the preorder line now!
 
If you change your mind later, it is far easier to step out of line than it is to get back to the front. Another reason to preorder now is that, for a limited time and while supplies last, a free CF Express Card and card reader are included.
 
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is available for preorder at: B&H | Adorama | Canon USA Store | Amazon USA | WEX
 
You might also find the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III compared to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II interesting.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/6/2020 2:14:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 30, 2019
 Thursday, December 26, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8G S Lens page.
 
I think you are going to like this lens. Go make some comparisons.
 
The Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8G S Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8G S Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/26/2019 8:29:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 23, 2019
Sorry - I broke the previous post sometime today - here is the correction
 
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S Lens page.
 
Go make some comparisons.
 
The Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 12/23/2019 5:38:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 19, 2019
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS R have been added to the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Review.
 
This is an awesome lens and these results will not likely surprise you. Create comparisons to see how this lens stacks up against other lenses such as the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens.
 
Save $300.00 instantly! The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens is in stock at B&H (4% rewards) | Adorama | Amazon USA
 
Rent the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2019 9:18:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Today I'm sharing a small project I took on, meeting a need that didn't seem optimally met otherwise: Do-It-Yourself Rigid Camera Rain Cover.
 
As I needed this accessory, I thought you might also, thus I'm sharing. This camera cover was inexpensive and easy to make. Feel free to share any ideas you have for improvements.
Post Date: 12/18/2019 8:43:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 16, 2019
Just posted: Wimberley MH-100 MonoGimbal Gimbal Monopod Head Review.
 
Monopod users can put one of these on their Christmas list. Looking for a gift your photographer friend or family member does not already have? This unique head is just hitting the market and is a great gift option.
 
The Wimberley MH-100 MonoGimbal Gimbal Monopod Head is in stock at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA
 

 
Please share this review with your friends!
Post Date: 12/16/2019 8:34:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As usual, I plan to include visual size comparison images in the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens review. Having just created the standard product images, such comparisons can now be easily created. Since the small size is such a big deal for this lens, I thought I'd share this comparison early.
 
Shown in this image from left to right are the following Canon lenses:
 
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens
 
To be more correct, it is this lens' retracted size that is dramatically smaller than all of the other lenses in its class. All previous 70-200mm f/2.8 DSLR lenses have utilized fixed-size designs. While the fixed lens size has some advantages, the amount of space consumed in a camera backpack or other case is not one of them.
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Compared to Similar Lenses with Hoods
 
Use the site's comparison tool to visually compare this lens to many others.
 
Note that this lens' weight is very significantly lighter regardless of the focal length being used.
 
The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/16/2019 8:25:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 12, 2019
Just posted: Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens Review.
 
Tamron has released another winner with this lens.
 
The Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 12/12/2019 7:49:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS R have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens Review.
 
These results are the key to unlocking the direct comparison between this EF lens, one of my all-time favorites, to the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens. Here is the link to that image quality comparison.
 
Huge $300.00 instant savings currently available! The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX Lensrentals.
 
The Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens and/or rent the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Don't forget to share these results with your friends!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2019 8:34:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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